Determining and Optimizing the Precision of Quantitative Measurements of Perfusion from Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI

Brian M. Dale, John A. Jesberger, Jonathan S. Lewin, Claudia M. Hillenbrand, Jeffrey L. Duerk

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the sensitivity of quantitative dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) perfusion maps to errors in the various source images and to determine optimal imaging parameters for reducing this sensitivity. Materials and Methods: A detailed analysis of the precision of a DCE-MRI protocol was performed using the "propagation of errors" technique to investigate the effect of errors in the source images on errors in K trans. Optimal parameter values and interactions between parameters were examined. The propagation of errors analysis was validated by Monte-Carlo simulations. Results: The precision of Ktrans was found to be most sensitive to artifacts in the tissue portion of the baseline images and least sensitive to noise in the arterial portion of the dynamic images. The tip-angle strongly affected the precision, with the optimum being a function of tissue T10. Conclusion: Protocol optimization requires matching the tip-angle to the anticipated T10 of the tissue of interest; however such optimization yields a relatively small improvement, Future developmental efforts would be most productively focused on minimizing the artifact level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-584
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI
  • Measurement error
  • Perfusion
  • Physiological modeling
  • Sequence optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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